Kilmarnock, Ayrshire, Scotland
Kirsty McCabe is a Scottish weather forecaster and presenter at Sky News, and was formerly the Senior Meteorologist at The Weather Channel, based at the UK office in London.
While at high school McCabe was an early member of the Palace Youth Theatre which was a joint venture between Kilmarnock and Loudoun District Council and Borderline Theatre Company. During this time she played roles in many stage productions including Alice in Alice in Wonderland and performed as a solo singer on many occasions, notably performing John Lennon‘s “Imagine” in the 1993 production of Summertime Blues.
McCabe studied Geophysics at the University of Edinburgh, graduating with a first class honours degree before going on to spend three months as an intern at NASA‘s Goddard Space Flight Center in Maryland, where she used satellite magnetic data to interpret the underlying crustal structure of parts of Australasia. Further study at the University of Oxford saw her involved in a project to look for evidence of climate change in old volcanic soils on the Greek island of Santorini (Thera). While at Oxford she was elected President of the Jesus College Graduate Common Room. During her time at Oxford she was offered a three-month internship at New Scientist magazine where she went on to work as a sub-editor for four years.
McCabe joined the BBC Weather team in September 2003 and started her training on new media forecasts working on the BBC Digital’s interactive service and online. She completed the first part of her forecaster training at the Met Office College in 2004 and her advanced forecaster exams in 2005. She then presented forecasts across a number of BBC outlets, including BBC News, Radio 4, BBC World News and BBC One. McCabe was a main weather presenter for BBC News at One and occasionally presented the weather on BBC Breakfast.
In January 2009, she replaced Andrea McLean as GMTV‘s weather forecaster. In September 2010, McCabe joined GMTV replacement programme Daybreak on ITV Breakfast as a weather presenter and environment correspondent alongside Lucy Verasamy. On 7 February 2012 it was announced McCabe had left Daybreak.
McCabe was the Senior Meteorologist for The Weather Channel UK’s office from January 2015 to May 2016, broadcasting via weather.com and the Weather Channel App.
In June 2017 she became the world’s first Meteorologist in Residence for the London Marriott Hotel County Hall providing bespoke weather forecasts.
She also writes regular parenting columns for publications such as iVillage.co.uk and Junior magazine.
Garraway at a gala screening of Turbo in London, November 2013
|Born||Kathryn Mary Garraway
(1967-05-04) 4 May 1967
Abingdon-on-Thames, Berkshire, England
|Occupation||Journalist and presenter|
The Biggest Loser (2009)
The National Lottery Draws (2014–2016)
Good Morning Britain (2014—)
Loose Women (2017–)
|Spouse(s)||Ian Rumsey (m. 1998–2002)
Derek Draper (m. 2005)
|Children||Darcey (b. 2006)
William (b. 2009)
Garraway presents a mid-morning show on Smooth Radio on weekdays as well as the ITV Breakfast programme Good Morning Britain. Previously, she hosted various daytime programmes including Daybreak (2010–2014), Lorraine (2010–2014) and GMTV (2000–2010).
Garraway’s father was a civil servant and her mother was a teacher. She attended Dunmore Primary School and Fitzharrys School in Abingdon. She then graduated from Bath College of Higher Education with a BA in English and History.
In 1994, Garraway joined the South edition of ITV News Central on ITV Central as a production journalist, reporter and news presenter. In 1996, she became co-presenter of the South East edition of ITV News Meridian on ITV Meridian after she was “talent spotted” by a boss who viewed her presenting a three-minute bulletin on ITV Central.
Garraway joined GMTV in September 2000, co-presenting GMTV Today with Andrew Castle each Friday (and Thursdays later on). Garraway eventually went on to share presenting duties with Fiona Phillips and Emma Crosby. In 2009, when GMTV relaunched, she co-hosted the programme with Ben Shephard, presenting on Monday, Tuesday and alternate Wednesdays. During Garraway’s time at GMTV, she had also co-presented with Eamonn Holmes, John Stapleton and Dan Lobb. She presented her final show on 31 August 2010.
She presented one series of Too Many Cooks in 2004. In 2007, she was the questioner on The People’s Quiz. In 2009, Garraway presented The Biggest Loser for ITV. She was later replaced by Davina McCall. Garraway was a regular panellist on Wall of Fame, hosted by David Walliams.
She became entertainment editor of Daybreak on ITV Breakfast (the successor to GMTV) in September 2010. On 6 December 2011, she took over from Christine Bleakley as the main presenter on an interim basis. On 4 May 2012, it was announced Lorraine Kelly would become the permanent replacement for Bleakley in September 2012. On 3 August 2012, it was revealed that Garraway had signed a new contract to present each Friday in Kelly’s absence. On 15 February 2014, it was announced Kelly would additionally front the Friday edition of Lorraine.
On 3 March 2014, it was revealed that Daybreak would be axed and replaced with Good Morning Britain.  However, with these changes, came the news that Lorraine Kelly would be presenting Lorraine five days a week, meaning that Garraway no longer continued to present Kelly’s show on Fridays. She hosted her final Daybreak and Lorraine shows on 25 April 2014 ahead of joining Good Morning Britain the following month. Since joining Good Morning Britain, Garraway’s appearances on Lorraine have become more less frequent.  Garraway once again became interim main presenter on ITV Breakfast when Ben Shepherd cut his appearances each week to just 2; which meant Garraway was hosted four times a week until Piers Morgan joined the show later that year.
Strictly Come Dancing
Garraway appeared in the fifth series of Strictly Come Dancing, partnered with professional dancer Anton du Beke. Garraway finished 8th of the 14 couples despite receiving the lowest score from the judges in every week but one, as she was repeatedly saved by the public vote, prior to her elimination in week seven.
In February 2008, Garraway launched legal action against the Sunday Mirror after it published a photograph of her embracing du Beke, insinuating that they were having an affair, which the pair both denied.
|2||Quickstep / “Love Machine“||2||4||5||4||15||Safe|
|3||Tango / “They“||4||5||5||5||19||Safe|
|4||Samba / “Dancing Queen“||3||3||6||4||16||Safe|
|5||Foxtrot / “I Could Write a Book“||5||7||7||7||26||Safe|
|6||Salsa / “Peanut Vendor“||3||4||6||5||18||Safe|
|7||Paso Doble / “Somebody Told Me“||4||5||7||5||21||Eliminated|
On 18 and 19 August 2012, Garraway co-presented two episodes of ‘Weekend Breakfast’ (with Colin Paterson). Over the weekend of 8 September, Garraway again presented ‘Weekend Breakfast’ with Colin Patterson. On 6 October 2013, she stood in for Andrew Castle for a show on LBC Radio.
In September 2005, Garraway married Derek Draper in Camden, London. Draper was a political aide to former Labour cabinet minister Peter Mandelson, and was at the centre of the scandal known as “Lobbygate”. The couple’s first child, a daughter, was born in Hammersmith and Fulham, London, on 10 March 2006.
According to a report in the Daily Mail, Garraway built an extension to her north London home without planning permission from the local council. She attempted to put in a retrospective planning application but it failed to appease them and she was told to scale down the extension.
She released her first book on 9 March 2017, entitled “The Joy of Big Knickers (or learning to love the rest of your life)”.
|1998–2000||Sunrise||News presenter||Regularly with Martin Stanford|
|2000–2010||GMTV||Co-presenter||Alternating episodes||Regularly with Ben Shephard|
|2003–2014, 2017—||Loose Women||Stand-in anchor/Guest panellist||18 episodes|
|2004||Too Many Cooks||Presenter||1 series|
|2005||This Morning||Guest presenter||1 episode|
|2007||Strictly Come Dancing||Participant||Series 5||7th Place, danced with Anton Du Beke|
|The People’s Quiz||Questioner||1 series (12 episodes)|
|2009||The Biggest Loser||Presenter||1 series (40 episodes)|
|2010–2014||Daybreak||Presenter||Entertainment editor (2010–2011)|
|Acting Monday–Friday presenter (2011–2012)|
|Friday presenter (2012–2014)||Regularly with Aled Jones or John Stapleton|
|2010–2014, 2018||Lorraine||Presenter||Deputy presenter (2010–2011, 2014, 2018)|
|Friday presenter (2012–2014)|
|2011||Wall of Fame||Regular panellist||1 series (10 episodes)|
|2011||Carols from Bucklebury||Presenter||One-off episode|
|2014–2016||The National Lottery Draws||Presenter||Occasional episodes||Stand-in for Gaby Roslin|
|2014—||Good Morning Britain||Presenter/newsreader||Thursday and Friday||Regularly with Ben Shephard|
|2017||GMB Today||Co-presenter||Spin-off show, Hosted with Jeremy Kyle and Richard Madeley|
- Guest appearances
- Have I Got News for You (2003)
- The Wright Stuff (2003)
- 8 Out of 10 Cats (5 August 2005)
- Celebrity Stars in Their Eyes (2006)
- The F Word (2008)
- Alan Carr’s Celebrity Ding Dong (2008)
- Shooting Stars (2008)
- As Seen on TV (2009)
- Celebrity Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? (2011)
- All Star Family Fortunes (2012)
- Pointless Celebrities (2012, 2014, 2015)
- Paddy’s 2012 Show & Telly (2012)
- This Morning (2012; 5 episodes)
- Celebrity Juice (2013)
- Tricked (2013)
- The Chase: Celebrity Special (2013)
- The Guess List (2014)
- Celebrity Fifteen to One (2014)
- Pointless Celebrities (2015)
- James Martin: Home Comforts (2016)
- The Keith Lemon Sketch Show (2016)
- The TV That Made Me (2016)
- Safeword (2016)
- Through the Keyhole (2017)
- Hollyoaks (2017)
- Guess the Star (2017)
- Saturday Morning with James Martin (2018)
- The Crystal Maze (2018)
|2017||Sharknado 5… Earth 0||Herself||Cameo role|
|The Lego Ninjago Movie||Herself (voice only)||Cameo role|
Her first media role was at BBC Radio Merseyside before moving on to report on and read the sports news on BBC North West Tonight. In 2003 she became a sports reporter for BBC News, appearing on national bulletins, before becoming a sports news presenter on the BBC News Channel (known at the time as BBC News 24). There she travelled to Germany for the 2006 World Cup, anchoring Sportsday from there. Nugent then spent a period as a news correspondent on TV and radio, and as a relief presenter on the BBC News Channel.
Nugent is married with one child and after maternity leave, she returned to the BBC News Channel as a sports presenter on Thursday 8 January 2009. In this role she also regularly appeared as a sports presenter on the BBC Weekend News on BBC One.
In November 2011, Nugent began co-presenting BBC Breakfast on a freelance basis, filling in when regular hosts were unavailable. Since April 2012, she has presented sports bulletins alongside Mike Bushell on Breakfast, when the programme moved to its new home at Media City in Salford. She is the main relief presenter on the show and presented the show on Christmas Eve 2012 with Bill Turnbull.
|Born||Stephanie Rose McGovern
(1982-05-31) 31 May 1982
Middlesbrough, North Yorkshire, England
|Alma mater||University College London|
|Occupation||Journalist, television presenter|
Pocket Money Pitch
Shop Well for Less?
Stephanie Rose “Steph” McGovern (born 31 May 1982) is an English journalist and television presenter. She works for the BBC and is the main business presenter for BBC Breakfast. She sometimes co-hosts the entire programme.
In 1998 at the start of her sixth form studies she won an Arkwright Engineering Scholarship for her potential to be a future leader in the engineering industry. From 1998–2000, in the sixth form, she studied maths, physics, design technology and business studies. At the age of 19 she was awarded ‘Young Engineer for Britain’, after saving Black & Decker £150,000 a year by improving production techniques used for the Leaf Hog product.
McGovern started at the BBC doing work experience on the Tomorrow’s World programme, before securing part-time employment as a researcher in current affairs. She went on to be main producer for daily financial news on the Today programme on Radio 4, before becoming the lead producer of business news on the BBC’s One, Six and Ten O’Clock news bulletins, working with the then business editor, Robert Peston.
On 27 August 2012 she made her debut presenting BBC Breakfast alongside Roger Johnson. While one of the main relief presenters on BBC Breakfast, she also presented the main show during the Christmas holiday in 2012. She was heard swearing off-camera in October 2012, which resulted in Susanna Reid giving an apology on air.
Starting in February 2016, she presented Pocket Money Pitch for CBBC. Series 1 consisted of 10 weekly episodes. Since March 2016, she has co-presented Shop Well for Less? with Alex Jones for BBC One.
Williams in 2010
|Born||Sian Mary Williams
(1964-11-28) 28 November 1964
|Notable credit(s)||BBC Breakfast
Your Money Their Tricks
Sunday Morning Live
5 News at 5
Save Money: Good Health
|Spouse(s)||Neale Hunt (m. 1991–2001)
Paul Woolwich (m. 2006)
From 2001 until 2013, Williams regularly presented weekday editions of BBC Breakfast as well as all main news bulletins on BBC One. She presented two series of BBC One‘s discussion programme Sunday Morning Live from 2014 until 2015.
Williams was born in Paddington, London, to Welsh parents and was raised in Eastbourne, East Sussex. Her mother, Katherine Rees, was from Llanelli and had moved to London to become a nurse. Williams’ father was from Swansea, and his family had been farmers in Glamorgan, south Wales. He was a journalist, working first in print and later in radio. She gained a BA in English and History from Oxford Polytechnic (now Oxford Brookes University) and went on to study critical journalistic writing at the University of Rhode Island in America.
Williams joined the BBC in 1985 and began working as a reporter and producer for BBC Local Radio stations in Liverpool, Sheffield, Leeds and Manchester. From 1990 to 1997, she was editor for BBC Radio 4‘s The World at One and PM programmes. Williams was also a programme editor for a number of news and election specials across Radio 4 and BBC Radio 5 Live.
Prior to the channel’s launch in 1997, Williams joined BBC News 24 as an output editor. During screen tests for potential presenters, one applicant became unwell and Williams was asked to step into the role. Producers were impressed with her performance and they offered her the prime presenting slot of 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm alongside Gavin Esler. She remained with the channel for nearly two years before joining BBC One’s Six O’Clock News in 1999 as Special Correspondent. She became a relief presenter of the bulletin and in 2001 she became its main Friday presenter during Fiona Bruce‘s maternity leave. Williams also became a main presenter of the BBC One weekend news bulletins.
Williams joined BBC Breakfast on 12 January 2001 as a relief presenter, initially presenting on Friday–Sunday alongside Darren Jordon, to cover for main presenter, Sarah Montague, and then later with Jeremy Bowen, to cover for Sophie Raworth. She also regularly deputised on both the Six O’Clock News and the One O’Clock News during this period. In 2004, Williams covered for Raworth on the Six O’Clock News during her maternity leave, co-presenting with George Alagiah, and the following year, reported from Sri Lanka and Thailand on the 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake and from Pakistan on the Kashmir earthquake.
In May 2005 she was confirmed as the main female presenter of BBC Breakfast, presenting initially with Dermot Murnaghan and then Bill Turnbull from 2008. Williams left BBC Breakfast on 15 March 2012 after the programme’s production team was relocated to Salford. She briefly rejoined BBC Radio 4 to co-present Saturday Live.
Williams has presented programmes outside of news and current affairs including The One Show, Big Welsh Challenge, Now You’re Talking and City Hospital. In 2010, Williams was a reporter for Watchdog. In 2013, she hosted Your Money, Their Tricks with Nicky Campbell and Rebecca Wilcox. Williams also presented a three-part interview series for BBC One Wales titled The Sian Williams Interview featuring Tanni Grey-Thompson, Suzanne Packer and Siân Phillips.
In June 2014, Williams became the new presenter of Sunday Morning Live, BBC One’s religious and ethical debating programme. She presented the programme for two series before being replaced by Naga Munchetty in June 2016.
On 5 November 2015, Williams announced she would be leaving the BBC to become the new main presenter of 5 News. She presented her first 5 News bulletin on 4 January 2016. In 2017, she co-presents Save Money: Good Health alongside Ranj Singh on ITV.
In February 1991, Williams married Neale Hunt, a former director of advertising firm McCann Erickson, with whom she had two sons. Following the couple’s divorce, Williams married Paul Woolwich in 2006 and gave birth to her third son in October 2006, later disclosing in an interview that she received two litres of blood following complications. Williams gave birth to a daughter in March 2009.
Williams ran the 2001 New York City Marathon and spent several days recovering in hospital from hyponatraemia. After several years not participating in running, she completed the Virgin London Marathon in 2013.
In May 2016, Williams revealed she had undergone a double mastectomy after being diagnosed with breast cancer. The Channel 5 newsreader told Woman and Home magazine that she was diagnosed in 2014, a week after her 50th birthday. She said she had always thought she was healthy as she “did all the right things – I was a green tea drinker, a salmon eater, a runner”. She said her main fear was not seeing her two youngest children grow up.
- City Hospital
- BBC Breakfast (2001–2012) – Co-presenter
- Watchdog (2010) – Reporter
- Crimewatch (2012, 2015) – Stand-in presenter
- Your Money Their Tricks (2013) – Co-presenter
- The Sian Williams Interview – Presenter
- Sunday Morning Live (2014–2015) – Presenter
- 5 News at 5 (2016–present) – Anchor
- Save Money: Lose Weight (2017) – Co-presenter
- Save Money: Good Health (2017–present) – Co-presente
Minchin in 2012
|Born||Louise Mary Grayson
(1968-09-08) 8 September 1968
British Hong Kong
|Education||University of St. Andrews|
|Notable credit(s)||BBC Breakfast
BBC News at One
The One Show
|Spouse(s)||David Minchin (m. 1998)|
Minchin was born Louise Mary Grayson in 1968 in British Hong Kong to a Major in the Irish Guards of the British Army. She was educated at St Mary’s School, Ascot, and has a degree in Spanish from the University of St Andrews. She subsequently studied journalism at the London College of Communication.
Minchin has worked for the Latin American section of the BBC World Service during a year in Argentina, the Today programme, Five and various local radio stations. In 2006 she toured the country in a converted bus meeting England fans as part of the World Cup coverage for BBC News.
She started work for Radio 5 Live in 1998, and married David Minchin the same year. She presented many of the station’s main programmes, including Drive and Breakfast. Between September 2003 and April 2012, she was a regular BBC News Channel presenter, initially working alongside Jon Sopel from 7 pm to 10 pm. Minchin then presented the 2 pm to 5 pm slot, also with Sopel, sharing this shift with Emily Maitlis. She was also one of the main relief presenters for the BBC News at One until April 2012.
In 2006 and 2007, Minchin was a relief presenter on BBC Breakfast while Kate Silverton covered for main anchor Sian Williams. After Williams returned, she continued to co-host the programme, and from July 2010 until April 2012 was the regular weekend presenter of the show. In December 2011 the BBC announced that Minchin would replace Williams as a main presenter of BBC Breakfast along with Bill Turnbull and Charlie Stayt when the programme moved to Salford—the first edition was presented on Tuesday 10 April 2012.
From 21 April 2008 Minchin presented a weekday programme called Missing Live along with Rav Wilding. The programme was shown at 9:15 am after BBC Breakfast on BBC One and ran for 4 weeks. The show returned for a second four-week run from 16 March 2009, and again in March 2010, highlighting both new cases and those previously featured with updates.
In April 2010 Minchin co-presented The One Show for a week alongside Chris Hollins while regular hosts Adrian Chiles and Christine Bleakley were unavailable. She covered again when the show returned in July 2010 for two weeks alongside Matt Baker and one episode with Matt Allwright.
Minchin and Gethin Jones presented the documentary series Crime and Punishment, which began on BBC One on 12 March 2012.
For a time from November 2012, Minchin was a co-presenter of Radio 5 Live’s Drive programme with Peter Allen. She often stands in as the main presenter of BBC Radio 4’s daily consumer programme You and Yours.
She is an amateur triathlete, and qualified as a member of the 2015 Great Britain Age-Group Triathlon Team (45–49 age group). She competed in the standard distance event (1500m swim, a 40 km bike ride and a 10 km run) at the World Triathlon Championships in Chicago on 19 September 2015. She qualified for the team at the Dambuster Triathlon at Rutland Water on 15 June 2015. She went on to finish 71st out of 78 finishers at the Worlds.